First published as a Product Review in Action + Adventure magazine.
CAMELEON POWER PROTECTION
Keeping your electronic toys safe from power spikes could save your hip pocket!
Fast disappearing are the days where you’re using kerosene storm lanterns to cook by a gas stove or a hot plate over an open fire. Technology has launched us into a land of comfort where everything runs off power. The problem is most high tech gadgets these days are power sensitive, meaning if you get spikes in your power, there’s a good chance it could damage your gear. This is where you need some smart protection to look after your electronic toys.
The 8ZED Cameleon is a continuous pure sine wave power inverter with an on-board UPS charger, making it the perfect addition to every camper trailer set-up.
One of the key features of the 8ZED Cameleon is the Uninterrupted Power Supply. This means you don’t have to worry about disconnecting the inverter from the battery, or unplugging your doodad when you change charging devices on the batteries for fear of power spikes. The UPS looks after this for you and automatically switches between drawing power from the batteries to the mains and vice versa, keeping your electronic toys safe giving you peace of mind.
The 8ZED has a built-in charger too – so you save space because you don’t have to lug around a separate battery charger to charge your auxiliary batteries from 240V. You simply plug the 8ZED into the mains via the supplied power cord and the on-board circuits instantly switch the power source from your batteries to the mains power supply. The built in charger then charges your auxiliary batteries at up to 15A. For these reasons they’re proving to be a popular addition to many camper trailers.
If you’re pretty light on the power requirements and only need to charge phones, laptops, tablets or running a fan to keep the heat at bay, the 1000W version will do you fine. If game consoles, TVs and DVDs for the kids are more your speed, you’ll need to go for the bigger 2000W version. Both come jam-packed with safety features, a low-volt warning at 10.5V and a voltage cut-out at 9.5V. There is also a high voltage shutdown at 15.5V preventing circuit damage caused by overcharging. And for those times where you forget the red terminal is positive – the units have reverse polarity protection. The 8ZED Cameleon Range are ACMA registered which supercedes C-Tick compliance. All 8ZED Cameleon Pure Sine Wave Inverters come with a 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty.
NB: Cameleon not to be confused with Chameleon.
The 8ZED product name Cameleon is a phonetic adaptation of Chameleon – “CAM” WallCann’s 8ZED Computer Automated Management and Chameleon to represent the fact that the Inverter reconfigures its operation switching automatically between different power environments ie: between AC and DC . So 8ZED Cameleon is an engineered design used to run appliances from either AC or DC power sources, switching automatically from one to the other. In addition, 8ZED Cameleon automatically recharges DC batteries simultaneously while running on AC power.
Original Article Dec 18, 2014 @ 09:47. Updated 2019